Sunday, November 8, 2009

How to help a friend with aphasia

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By Amy Kuncaitis
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Aphasia, is a loss of the ability to produce and/or comprehend language, due to injury to brain areas specialized for these functions, Broca's area, which governs language production, or Wernicke's area, which governs the interpretation of language. It is not a result of deficits in sensory, intellect, or psychiatric functioning, nor due to muscle weakness or a cognitive disorder.

Depending on the area and extent of the damage, someone suffering from aphasia may be able to speak but not write, or vice versa, or display any of a wide variety of other deficiencies in language comprehension and production, such as being able to sing but not speak. Aphasia may co-occur with speech disorders such as dysarthria or apraxia of speech, which also result from brain damage

Aphasia can come in many different forms. Aphasia may occur in persons of any age, sex, race, or nationality. Vocation and education are not determining factors.

Here are some practical tips to help you communicate with someone who love who may be experiencing expressive aphasia or any other form.